Samantha has been bred to the handsome Tax, GCHB. Mika Itemized Deduction Liswyn, PT owned by The Goddards. Puppies exepected Mid-March 2018.
The puppies will have registered names that are Duran Duran song titles. We are expecting OUTSTANDING
structure and temperment from this combination. These puppies will be ideal for all dog sport venues as well as family companions.
Please follow the links to read more about the sire and dam of this litter.
Week 1 - March 21
It's been a very busy week at Sarron this week. First, we found out on March 9th that we WERE actually having puppies, after being told there were none coming in February at the ultrasound.
So, no problem... We stayed home from the dog show in Louisville that began on March 15th to welcome 8 new Sarron babies to the world on March 14-15.
This will be the Duran Duran Litter - which means their registered names will begin with Sarron and must then include the name of a Duran Duran song. Their ribbon colors, gender, date/time and weights at birth were:
- Aqua F - White line, back toes white 3/14/2018 9:37 13.6 oz
- White M - White dot and back toes white 3/14/2018 10:49 15.1oz
- Purple M - White dot 3/14/2018 11:40 15.0 oz
- Red M 3/14/2018 12:18 13.6oz
- Pink F - White Star 3/14/2018 13:01 12.6 oz
- Green F - White dot 3/14/2018 13:49 12.0 oz
- Yellow M 3/14/2018 14:50 13.6oz
- Blue M - White Star 3/15/2018 12:19 12.4 oz
Wednesday the 14th started fairly early with the first baby arriving at 9:37 am - but at least she did wait until daylight to begin!!! The first seven puppies averaged
about 40 minutes between them with the final March 14th puppy being born at 2:50 pm. Samantha is a GREAT Welper and all the babies came out vigorous and she knew exactly what to do.
I tried to mainly stay out of the way and to move puppies quickly as the next puppy made it's arrival. These babies all weighed between 12.0 oz - 15.1 oz - very consistent in size.
At 3:30 pm. I gave her an injection to help her uterus contract to ensure there were no puppies or placentas still inside. I also called the vet to schedule an appt for Thursday
morning to have Sam and the babies checked out by the vet and have rear dewclaws removed. Samantha was pretty quiet and content with the puppies on Wednesday and I thought that she might be finished.
Samantha spent the first night trying to remember how to tip toe around the babies in the box. She did pretty well and the babies were nursing vigorously.
Thursday morning, we made our way to the vet for check outs. Everyone looked good. We removed rear dewclaws off of three babies and my vet advised me to give Samantha one more
clean out shot that morning. I gave her the injection at 10:30 am once we got home and at 12:19 pm - Blue boy made his entrance!! He immediately started to nurse and got going well.
NO problems for him at all.
This past week has been fairly sleepless as I am in the recliner right next to the welping box just in case Samantha needs any support. I'll do this for another week
and then move back to my bed (thank goodness). On Day 3, we started the Super Puppy Bio Sensor program. You can read more about that here. We do this program from day 3 to
day 16 for each baby. The interesting part is that today, I noticed that the several of the babies are already pushing themselves up on their feet and moving around the box. They are advanced.
At this age, the babies really just eat, poop and sleep. They do make noises, whines, barks, suckling noises. They are not interacting with each other yet as they still do not
have their eyes or ears open yet. They know what Mom and what g-ma smell like though. The puppies today are all between 1# 6.4 oz - 1# 10oz. At the end of their first week, their weights were:
- Aqua F - 1# 10 oz
- White M - 1# 9.6 oz
- Purple M - 1# 9.7 oz
- Red M - 1# 8 oz
- Pink F - 1# 6.6 oz
- Green F - 1# 6.4 oz
- Yellow M -1# 8.6 oz
- Blue M - 1# 6.5 oz
Week 2 - March 28
Week 2 update on deck! This week, Samantha started to spend a little time out of the box. Literally, the first week, I had to drag her out of the box to go outside and she'd be back immediately
to count and recheck the babies. This week, she is more relaxed, as are the puppies...they seem to know that she'll be back soon if she's not in the box with them.
They are really quiet puppies, and they want for nothing. Samantha keeps them, and the box, very clean. Samantha is eating about 10 cups of dry food and a few cans of dog food each
day to keep all the babies supported well.
All of the puppies gained at least 1 lb this week - which, considering there are 8 of them to feed and care for, is pretty good. Their updated growth chart is reflected below.
They have been pushing themselves up on their feet and scooting around the box this week - in preparation for walking. They also are climbing up on Samantha and pushing themselves
along the box rail. White boy did that this week and pushed himself right out of the box one night! HE certainly didn't mean to do that and made a racket as he searched for his
litter mates. I was "sleeping" in the recliner right next to him and came quickly to the rescue. To that end, I put the first panel in the door so that the can not slide out of the box,
but Sam can get in/out easily.
- Aqua F - 2# 14 oz
- White M - 2# 12 oz
- Purple M - 2# 11 oz
- Red M - 2# 8 oz
- Pink F - 2# 7 oz
- Green F - 2# 7 oz
- Yellow M -2# 12 oz
- Blue M - 2# 9 oz
Just today, the babies are starting to open the inside corners of their eyes. :) At lunch today, they started to get a glimpse of g-ma Sherri as I was home at lunch
spending time with them. I noticed today too they are starting to interact with each other more too. Once their eyes are open and they are pushing up on their feet consistently
and moving around the box, we'll start to introduce some puppy toys - even though 8 siblings really should be more than enough entertainment! By next update, they will have their
eyes and ears open and will start looking more like little dogs instead of baby seals! Additionally, the babies now are moving toward the other puppies and Samantha in the box...
they can now start to see the other dogs and not just rely on smell. I've changed their ribbons twice this past week as they are really growing fast.
Week 3 - April 4
This has been a HUGE week for the babies! First and foremost, their eyes are open!!! and they are working on their ears now too. The babies can now make eye contact with you and
they are very social. They are starting to understand who I am in their life and they love to be cuddled. The most fun is that they are starting to act like little dogs now, they bark,
tussle with their littermates and are beginning to howl a bit to let Samantha know they want her in the box. They are also starting to get their coats in, too. The first two weeks, all
their coats were kind of short and slick. Some of that likely had to do with Samantha continually licking them and keeping them clean. But, now, they are starting to get fluffy!
The babies got their first nail trim this week too. Their updated growth chart is below too!!! Aqua girl is holding steady as the biggest baby!
- Aqua F - 4# 11 oz
- White M - 4# 6 oz
- Purple M - 4# 2 oz
- Red M - 3# 14 oz
- Pink F - 3# 13 oz
- Green F - 3# 12 oz
- Yellow M- 4# 2 oz
- Blue M - 3# 11 oz
We finished up the Super Puppy Bio Sensor stimulation program this week. They were not very happy about those exercises to start with .. most of them did not like the upside down stimulation.
But, they all got through it and will be better puppies for it. The main reasons we do this with each litter are: Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor
stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were: Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), Stronger heart beats, Stronger adrenal glands, More tolerance to stress, Greater resistance to disease.
At the end of week 3, I started to introduce some supplemental replacement milk in a bowl so they can learn to lick. Samantha is still with them 100%, but I'm just starting to supplement a
little each day. They need to start learning to get food from people in a bowl in addition to their momma. Samantha tolerates my bowl visits, as she gets to clean up the remnants of their
feeding. But, she jumps in quickly to clean them and remind them that momma always has the best milk. :) She'll start to change their tune a bit as their teeth come in... but that's OK.
At the end of the third week, we expanded the box and added the puppy play area. This area doesn't have fleece in it, it's covered by packing paper and has a mat in it so that the puppies
start to navigate different services and get used to different textures under their feet. They are spending a little time out on the tile in their room too. IF the weather cooperates,
we might even take them outside for a bit this weekend. We will be adding a small bowl of water and some new toys this week for puppy enrichment. It's going to get fun now!!!
Take care all and enjoy the photos... Visit the FB page for videos of them too! The attached close up head shots are from early in their week so they still were not moving a whole lot.
Week 5 - April 19
Now that we are in the 5th week - they definitely are getting their needle sharp puppy teeth in! And, well - it's time for weaning to begin. I am weaning onto Blue Wilderness Chicken
for Puppies dry food. At this stage, I mix pulverized Blue Wilderness kibble with Gerber baby rice cereal, powdered goats milk and warm water about 4 times a day.
They also have the Blue Wilderness dry kibble in their pen at all times so they can learn to crunch hard kibble. Also, I've stated to introduce a little treat of whole milk
yogurt to them as well. I use Stonyfield Organic Plain Whole Milk yogurt - lots of of good calcium for their growing bodies and good active cultures for their digestive tracks.
They are getting about 1 teaspoon per puppy per day right now. Their updated weights are:
- Aqua F - 7# 5 oz
- White M - 7# 9 oz
- Purple M - 6# 15 oz
- Red M - 6# 7 oz
- Pink F - 6# 5 oz
- Green F - 6# 9 oz
- Yellow M- 7# 4 oz
- Blue M - 6# 9 oz
Samantha is only spending about half of her time with them now. She still lets them nurse, but we've cut back her food from "unlimited to 6 cups" a day right now.
Samantha is now sleeping back in the master bedroom and the babies are sleeping alone in their room. I do leave a radio on for them all the time so there is sound -
we are working through different radio stations to expose them to different types of sounds. They are transitioning well and very content.
I've posted some new videos this week to facebook - as the pups have graduated from their whelping box to an Expen. This change allows them some additional changes
to their typical scenery so that they are stressed a little but in a very safe environment. That's really the goal of raising confident, well adjusted puppies, introduce
new things gradually during this development period so they can learn to work through and deal with stresses in their lives. With the move to the expen, they are on tile
flooring more, have their fleece area, packing paper area and their little grassy spot. They are going outside in their pen too!!! Their outside pen is about 12 x 10 and
is concrete and has a outdoor mat and some straw from the dog igloo that is in that area. This area is totally covered, so even when it rains,they'll be able to go outside.
We are starting to work on the concept of going outside to potty - but they have a long way to go on that one. In a week or so, I will give them more space to explore in
the outside pen too. But, right now, their puppy room and the limited outside pen is a great start to shaping confident puppies.
This week they are much more mobile. THEY RUN FAST... at least they think so. LOL.. It really is fun watching them run fast across the room or outside in their pen and have
their rear feet slide out from under them... they are working on building coordination.. it's not there yet. We introduced a new tunnel this week, they are still playing/tugging
on their puppy mobile and this week I'll add some aluminum cans to that mobile so that they get additional sounds and feeling. They are confident on the wobble boards and are
starting to run over those -which for all performance puppies is a huge benefit. Once we open the outside pen up, I'll introduce the ball pit - which is a kids swimming pool
with 2" balls in it for them to tumble around it - that's a great new experience for them.
I'm spending a lot of time with the puppies just watching them move around, seeing who is dominant , who is a more soft puppy, and I'm beginning to evaluate their front
and rear movements. We still have several weeks to go, but,very happy to see nice sound moving rears and good fronts. The litter is very consistent in bodies and heads.
At this point, Pink, Yellow, Blue, White and Purple have the long flowing coats - more like my Thunder. Aqua, Green and Red have the shorter, tighter coats - more like my Jules.
It is very fun to watch them grow and be able to see them change and mature.